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Research Says Puzzles Don’t Keep Dementia Away

A recent research published in the journal BMJ highlighted that doing Sudoku puzzles and crossword puzzles regularly cannot keep dementia away. There have been numerous undependable reports stating that the more the brain is made to work, the more it remains sharp as it ages. The latest Scottish research demonstrated that those who make their brains excise with various brain activities and puzzles have higher mental faculties. Researchers suggested that these individuals possess a “higher cognitive point.” However, they added that their decline into dementia is just as possible.

Researchers explained that this decline in mental faculties in addition amongst those with higher mental capabilities is also not slower when compared to those with lesser capabilities. In this research, Dr. Roger Staff, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the University of Aberdeen, Lead researcher, along with his associates studied about 498 people. An IQ test of all these people was carried out at the age of 11.

On a similar note, a recent study published in the journal Geriatrics & Gerontology International, scientists proclaimed that music intervention has promising results in dementia patients. About 51 dementia patients who visited community-based adult day health centers were studied to reach this conclusion. In the latest study, the behavioral inspections of a music intervention demonstrated a positive impact on their mood and it reduced agitation. According to the research observations, the participants involved showed a noteworthy increase in joy, eye movement, eye contact, talkativeness, and being engaged. The research also noticed a decrease in their moving and sleeping or dancing.

In this research, each participant listened to personalized music with the help of headphones. This activity encouraged them for social interaction with each other and/or the researchers while listening. Dr. Emily Ihara, lead author, George Mason University, proclaimed that the promising outcomes of this meaningful and affordable intervention have boosted the research team to create an online training for direct care workers in long-term care communities.

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